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SBI 2 for 1 deal until January 3

December 31, 2006

I just noticed that SBI is extending their holiday promotion to allow people to buy two SBI sites for the price of one. The deal is on until January 3rd. I didn’t mention anything about the holiday sale, because I was busy with other things, but with three days remaining I thought I would go ahead and mention the deal.

Ken Envoy’s sitesell ebooks really helped me get a good start in Internet Marketing. If nothing else, I recommend you go check out his free affiliate Master’s Ebook. It is what I used when I started out. I think if I had continued making affiliate sites, I would be either working from home or very close to it. I got distracted by blogging. Which has been a good experience, but in hindsight may not have been the best way for me to make a living online. More about that some other time…

I hope you have a Happy New Year!

Internet Maketing Review – Instant Web Profits Sytem

December 29, 2006

One of the things that you told me in one of my polls is that you want me to review more Internet Marketing products. So I have decided to give you what you want…

A few months ago, I purchased a new Internet Marketing course called “Instant Web Profits System” by Dan Lok. Dan has created a niche for himself in copywriting as “The Website Conversion Expert”.

For starters, I get a really good vibe from Dan Lok. His staff has always given prompt answers to my questions and they were always very upbeat and positive. Dan strikes as me as someone whose truly desires to help people make money online.

As for “Instant Web Profits Systems“, I wanted to start by letting you know what this course is not:

  • It is not a course on blogging

  • It is not a course on making money with Adsense
  • It is not a course on Affiliate Marketing

  • It is not a course on making money without raising a finger

The purpose of this course is to reveal how to increase the online sales of your products and/or services.

I SO wish I had this product when I was starting out. I know it would have made a HUGE difference in the success of the first product I created.

The one thing I don’t like about the course is Dan’s occasional use of colorful language. However, many times in the course it did help him get across the importance of the message he was conveying.

For the most part, it is NOT a step by step guide. With one exception…

The step by step CD that gives you the 11 steps for creating a winning sales letter. I can see how following the 11 steps that Dan reveals in this course can produce an awesome sales letter. I will certainly follow them the next time I need to create a sales letter.

There is a lot of excellent business and Internet Marketing advice in the audio CDs, much of which you can use even as an affiliate marketer or blogger.

What is included in the Instant Web Profit System?

It includes:

  • 4 audio CDs that reveal 101 Ways To Make Your Website SELL Like Crazy!
  • 2 audio CDs that reveal How To Avoid The Deadly Mistakes That Can KILL Your Online Business!
  • 1 audio CD that reveals 11 Steps To Creating Killer Web Copy!
  • 8 CD Roms that show Dan Lok making over other people’s website sales letters (this was my personal favorite part of the package).
  • 6 Audio CDs with uncensored Interviews with some of the world’s top Internet Marketing experts!
  • Plus a 1-hour “private” mentoring session with Dan Lok.

While Dan covers many topics in this package, the topics that are hit the hardest are copywriting and website conversion. This product shows you how to write better copy and how to convert your visitors into customers.

My favorite part of the product is the 8 CDs that contain video of Dan transforming underperforming sales letters into sales letters that sell. I found these videos to be worth the price of the whole package. I have seen free videos on these topics that don’t come anywhere near the quality and depth that these videos go into. I strongly recommend them to anyone who wants to learn how to sell a product or service.

The audio CDs were sprinkled with some Internet Marketing advice that I haven’t heard too many people talk about outside of products that you have to pay for. Here are some (not all) of the main topics discussed in the audio CDs:

List Building
Increasing Website Traffic
Ezine Creation
Joint Ventures
Writing Ads
Website Conversion
ebook Authoring
and more!

This a solid product, that I believe will really help you convert your visitors into customers. It is an excellent product if you have a product or service to sell. Go sign up for his free newsletter by clicking here and you can learn more about Instant Web Profits System and Dan’s other products.


Pay Per Post to buy Performancing?

December 27, 2006

According to TechCrunch, pay per post is going to buy Performancing.

This really doesn’t affect me, since I don’t use either company’s products. I used to read the Performancing blog, until they stopped posting.

I wonder what Pay Per Posts plans are?

It will be interesting to see…

My Primary Business Goal for 2007

December 27, 2006

It’s actually pretty simple. I have been struggling to come up with a real definitive business goal for the year. Well, now I have one:

I want to earn 1000 dollars/day by the end of the year.

This goal will help direct my other business decisions in 2007. I came up with this goal after having lunch with Austin last week. I will talk more about how lunch with Austin changed my business direction in the near future.

Tagged Again

December 26, 2006

Daniel just tagged me. Now, I have been tagged twice. Since I already wrote about 5 things that you did not know about me, I am going to start up a new question:

“What are my 5 favorite movies?”

Here is a list of my five favorite movies (give or take 20):

1. Star Wars Episode 4 (the first one)

2. Heaven Can Wait

3. Lord of the Rings – Return of the King

4. Arthur

5. The Matrix

Now for the fun part. If you are tagged you can either tell us 5 things we don’t know about you or list your 5 favorite movies.

I choose to tag John D, Leroy, Mama Duck, Tammara, and for fun Donald Trump.

Which Google Adsense advertising placement annoys you the most?

December 25, 2006

In my last poll I asked you:

Which Google Adsense advertising placement annoys you the most?

Here are the results:

  • At the Top of an Article: 50% (34)
  • In the Middle of an Article: 25% (17)
  • At the End of an Article: 0% (0)
  • At the Top of the Site: 4% (3)
  • In the Navigation Bar: 4% (3)
  • Don’t care: 16% (11)

Total Votes : 68

I am not sure how this is going to affect my Google Adsense placement.

Personally, I find it most annoying when ads are in the middle of an article, because I have to pause and stop reading in the middle of an article.

Ads at the top of articles make me the most money, so it’s hard to move them. In fact, this poll showed that Adsense placement that makes the most money is also the placement people find the most annoying. Adsense placement that makes the least amount of money is also the least annoying.

So all website owners are faced with the problem of making money vs. annoying our visitors. That kind of makes sense, since nobody really wants to see advertising.

What do you think of the results?

Squidoo Results Take 2

December 22, 2006

Last month, I mentioned that I made 30 cents from Squidoo. I then added some more lenses to bring my total to 10 lenses. With those ten lenses I made 46 cents in November!

I am obviously still not impressed with the earning power of Squidoo. However, I am sure that Squidoo is a good way to bring some extra traffic to your site and to raise your sites search engine rankings.

I plan on continuing to create Squidoo pages in the future. I probably won’t be doing too much with Squidoo next month, because I have quite a few other things going on in January, including a trip to visit my folks in Florida.



My Two Goals For 2007

December 21, 2006

Here is a list of the two goals I have for the year 2007:

1. Make goals for 2007

2. Accomplish those goals

You have to start somewhere, right?

PS. I need to get started on that first one:)

Web 2.0 Traffic Secrets

December 20, 2006

I just finished listening to this really cool audio on driving traffic to your website using web 2.0. It talks about the fact that social networks, bookmarking sites, etc. are becoming a better and easier way to drive traffic to your website.

It also confirmed what I said about using Squidoo to drive traffic to your site.

The audio is free and you can click here to check it out.

Want To Exchange Blog Roll Links With Me?

December 20, 2006

Would you like to exchange blog roll links with one of my blogs or one of Jill’s blogs?

Here’s how:

1. Your blog has to be family friendly (as determined by us)
2. Your blog has to be at least three months old
3. Your blog has to be on a related topic

You can contact us at info @ mantyweb. com or just leave a comment on this blog or one of our other blogs asking about it.

Lastly, here is a list of our blogs (some are more active than others):

Tag – I’m It – And You’re Next!

December 19, 2006

Shahar tagged me.

To quote Shahar:

The person tagged has to tell 5 things about themselves that the blogging community didn’t know. Then they have to tag three more friends with blogs to do the same. It’s like a blog chain letter, but ultimately more fun and really gets those links going.

It’s probably not a bad way to get a little extra traffic to your blog.

So here are five things about myself that you probably don’t know about me:

1. For a long time, I used to dream of being an NBA point guard.

2. When I was 12 years old I was in a TV commercial.

3. I am two degrees of separation from Jeb Bush.

4. I am going to Disney world for my 40th Birthday.

5. My friend and I once started a Heavy Metal group named KRUM (can’t remember what it stood for)

I choose to tag:

and Dave

Note: When I first wrote this I asked for volunteers to tag. I decided that wasn’t really following the rules, so I am tagging some friends. (Plus anyone who wants to be tagged)

The Biggest Blogging Mistake I Made In 2006

December 18, 2006

The biggest blogging mistake I made in 2006 was…

Not Building Strong Relationships With Other Bloggers

Building relationships with other blog owners is probably the most powerful way to build traffic to your blog. I have seen many bloggers talk about standing out from the crowd, producing great content, etc. Unfortunately, there are tons of blogs out there producing great content that get very little traffic. They aren’t getting the exposure they deserve because they aren’t building relationships with other bloggers.

There are countless examples of lesser products beating out better products, because of marketing. This also happens in the blogosphere. Bloggers that aren’t networking with other bloggers are losing traffic to bloggers that are networking and building up their blogging alliance partners.

What does this look like?

Blogging alliances happen when a group of bloggers who write on related topics, link out to each other’s blogs in their posts. They talk about how great the other person’s post is and why YOU should read it. This is a very powerful marketing technique used in the blogosphere. Many of the top bloggers online build these secret and not-so-secret alliances with other bloggers.

Keep an eye on your favorite blogs, and you will likely notice a linking pattern. Many bloggers link back and forth to the same blogs over and over. Sometimes it isn’t because of these alliances, but a lot of the time it is.

If you have committed the blunder of not building your own blogging alliances, here are four techniques you can use to start working on them:

1. Link out to related blogs

Search out blogs in your field of itnerest and link out to them. Let them know you linked to them. I do a very poor job of letting other bloggers and website owners know that I linked to their article or site. My wife Jill is always sending out emails to website owners letting them know how she linked to their site. She gets a great response from this, often including a link from the website/blog. Link to the blog—then tell them about it. This could be the start of an excellent online relationship.

2. Leave Comments on Related Blogs
Leave Comments on related blogs. Interacting on related blogs will help you develop relationships with other bloggers. Commenting frequently can help you develop a very good relationship.

3. Contact Blog Owners About Forming an Alliance
I don’t recommend contacting bloggers out of the blue. It’s best to start by commeting on their blog, linking out to their blog, etc. before approaching a blog owner about working together on an alliance. However, a few times I have contacted other bloggers about exchanging blog roll links, and this has worked.

4. Join Social Networking Sites
There are more and more social networking sites popping up every day that can help you build relationships with other people. I have recently found two fairly new sites that are trying to help bloggers get together: Link and Blog and MyBlogLog.

While you can easily build traffic to your blog with other methods (we have), this method of building traffic is one I see used succesfully time and time again. It’s the real secret to increasing traffic to your blog by leaps and bounds.

I have to be honest here. In 2006, I, too, fell into the trap of not socializing enough with other bloggers. Because I know it is important, I have recently started working on forming relationships with other bloggers. Hopefully, by the end of 2007, I will have corrected this problem. I guess that means a fifth way you can start building an alliance with another blogger is by contacting me:)

PS. I was prompted to write this because Darren Rowse has a new group writing project to write reviews and predictions for your blog’s niche and this post was my entry. I was also motivated by the answer to the last question in my Interview with Austin C. Davis of Trust My Mechanic.

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